We’ve all done it. Strolling down the street on a sunny day, who hasn’t been tempted by a cherry tree or berry bush dangling its ripe offerings over the sidewalk? To look down at the carnage of fallen fruit on the ground, it seems almost rude not to pluck a few before continuing down the road. So we do, and the taste of that forbidden (and organic) apple or pear seems a little sweeter with the knowledge that it was sort of snaked and surely saved from the gutter or garbage can.
Urban Edibles takes this form of city foraging to the next level by providing a community-generated database, complete with maps of “wildâ€? food sources around the Portland metro area. The site encourages visitors to contribute the coordinates their favorite foliage, promising to have database kinks and “ethical dilemmasâ€? worked out by spring. And here we are. Anybody have ethical issues with this form of farming truly local foods?
Thanks to Thought Kitchen commenter Gabriel Amadeus for the tip!